Gray Wolf


The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is a native species that was likely extirpated from California in the 1920s. The gray wolf is now returning to California on its own by dispersal of individuals from populations in other states. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is working to monitor this recovering endangered species.


The State of California has not reintroduced gray wolves. Gray wolves pose little safety risk to humans. Gray wolves in California are protected as endangered under both California and federal Endangered Species Acts.

For more information regarding wolf conservation and management in California, please contact CDFW Wolf Specialist Kent Laudon by email or office phone at (530) 225-2186.

Wolf Conservation and Management

Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California (2016)

Wolf-Livestock Interactions and Depredation Concerns

Depredation Investigations

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